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Dr Anna Jamieson

  • Overview



    Anna Jamieson is an interdisciplinary art historian specialising in visual and material cultures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

    She received her BA at Leeds University and her MA at Birkbeck, University of London, where she also completed her PhD (2020). Her doctoral thesis focused on representations of female insanity in England between 1770-1833, exploring the relationship between stereotype, stigma and lived experience. She has held research fellowships at the Lewis Walpole Library (Yale University), the John Rylands Research Institute (University of Manchester) and the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research. She is also an associate editor at The Polyphony and on the steering committee for Birkbeck's Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Mental Health and Birkbeck's Centre for Museum Cultures.

    Anna is currently working on a book exploring asylum tourism between 1770-1845. Her research interests include: women and patient agency; illness, fashion and consumerism; dark tourism and enfreakment; material culture and the history of emotions. 



    • PhD, Birkbeck, University of London, 2020
    • MA, Birkbeck, University of London, 2016
    • BA, University of Leeds, 2011

    Honours and awards

    • Birkbeck Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Postdoctoral Researcher, Wellcome, November 2021
    • Research Fellow, Northern Network for the Medical Humanities Research , November 2021
    • Visiting Fellow, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester, November 2021
    • Fellow, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University, November 2018
  • Research


    Research interests

    • Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Art
    • History of Psychiatry
    • Visual and material cultures of mental illness and health
    • Women's History and Gender
    • Patient Agency
    • Dark Tourism and Freak Studies
    • Material Culture and the History of Emotions

    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Teaching modules

    • Art and Society in the Nineteenth Century (AHVM010S5)
    • Dissertation MA History of Art (AHVM019D7)
    • Debates in Art History (AHVM091S4)
    • Museum Cultures - Approaches, Issues, Skills (ARVC059S7)
    • Material and Process in Art (ARVC207S4)
    • Research Portfolio (ARVC221S5)
    • Frameworks: Histories and Theories of Art, Architecture, Photography (ARVC247S7)
    • Display, Exhibition and Spectacle in London, 1750-1850 (ARVC287S7)